Above normal rainfall in February has helped to slightly improve the drought conditions across Eastern North Carolina. Exceptional drought conditions continue across most the Piedmont but most of the area east of Interstate 95 is not longer in severe or exceptional drought conditions. Most of the coastal plain, including Pitt, Beaufort, Lenoir, Greene, Martin, Edgecombe, Nash, Duplin, Bertie and Wayne counties are experiencing severe drought conditions. Along the coast most counties have moderate drought conditions with the exception of Carteret County where significant improvement has moved them to only abnormally dry conditions.
The overall weather pattern has been more favorable for rain during the last month and indications point to more rainfall during the first two weeks of March. Still, as much as 25 inches of rain is needed by July to come out of the drought situation.